Homemade Raw Fresh Soapnut Shampoo for all hair types

No matter you have volume lustrous hair or you start concerning your thinning hair, try this natural soapnut shampoo.  I just begin replacing my other homemade shampoo with this soapnut extract.  I can already feel the change of the texture of my hair after first-time use.  Soapnuts have  a natural surfactant, Saponin, within the shells.  It cleans effectively and gently. Soapnuts have a rich natural source of vitamin A, E and iron.

In Ayurveda practises soapnuts are used as an ingredient in shampoos and different skincare cleansers.   They help maintaining healthy hair by treating headlice, dandruff and hair-loss.  In Ayurvedic beauty remedies, they can relieve mild to moderate skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis, eliminate fine lines and freckles and heal cracked skin.

LET’S MAKE SOAPNUT EXTRACT

For About 200ml Extract We would need:

– Soapnuts 10 pieces / Soapnuts powder 10 teaspoons*

– Water 1 cup

– Tea Tree/ Rosemary/ Lemon Oil 20-30 drops as a preservatives

Step 1: Cut soapnuts into small pieces.  You can reuse the small soapnut pieces again until it doesn’t release brown liquid anymore. * You can also make your own soapnut powder by blending soapnuts in a food processor.  Soapnut powder takes less time to release the cleansing agent from within, Saponin.

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Step 2: Pour water slowly in the pot with soapnut pieces inside.  See the bubbles?  The Saponin is coming out.

Cover the pot with the lid and adjust to low fire.  Boil the mixture for 15 minutes.  When the extract turns brown, the darker the more dense it is.  Don’t get the lid off the pot and let it set until it cools down to room temperature.

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Step 3: Strain the mixture into a container.  Add 10 drops of Tea Tree/ Rosemary/ Lemon oil as a preservatives.  Tea Tree are Rosemary oil are known with their anti-figual and anti-bacterial properties treating headlice and dandruff.  Mix it well.

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Here is your 100% homemade shampoo and body wash.  It will definitely more condensed if the soapnuts are first ground into powder.  If you want it a bit thicker, simply put less water.

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HOW TO USE

The extract is completely different than commercial shampoos.  It is comparatively watery and it really hurts if it gets into your eyes.  Anyway, it is worth using it when you use it wisely and see the result it gives to your hair.

 

POUR 1/3 CUP OF EXTRACT IN A PLASTIC BOTTLE.   SHAKE IT UP UNTIL IT REACHES A VERY THICK AND RICH LATHER THAT CAN STAY ON YOUR HANDS.   APPLY THE LATHER DIRECTLY  ON DRY HAIR AND MASSAGE YOUR HAIR AND SCALP.  WAIT FOR 5 MINUTES AND USE THE REST OF THE EXTRACT AS BODY WASH WHILE WAITING.  AFTER ALL. RINSE YOUR HAIR AND YOUR WHOLE BODY.

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SUGAR SOAPNUT FACE CLEANSER 

brown sugar scrub

Add brown sugar to the soapnut extract to make a thick paste which works great as a face scrub removing dead skin cells and impurities on you face.

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14 thoughts on “Homemade Raw Fresh Soapnut Shampoo for all hair types

    • I do that. Just very few drops. I only use tea tree oil / other antibacterial oils to preserve the soapnut liquid water. If I make the liquid water fresh every time I wash my hair, I would put any essential oils.

  1. So I don’t have to use all 3 of the mentioned oils to preserve? Just one of the 3? Can I store this in the shower like store bought shampoo? How long is the shelf life? Do you rwcommend storing it in a plastic or glass container? I’m guessing glass since it contains essential oil?

    • You only need one of the 3.
      It will last about 3 days in the shower, depending on the climate. If your bathroom is usually cold, it will last longer.
      To me I prefer a plastic bottle for convenient reason. The dose of the essential oils is so low!

  2. Hi. I’ve made a bottle of this but slightly weaker (500 ml water and 4 soap nuts). Do you know how long the liquid will last in the shower with only a couple of drops of tea tree? I’ve put a couple of drops in but don’t want to add much more as i don’t like the smell of it. I’m also trying to avoid spending money on another preserving oil. Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Annie, it will lasts for 2 to 3 days, depending on the climate.
      Since you start using natural raw shampoo, your scale will go back to a healthy ph balance and it feels less likely to get washed as often as before.
      Now I wash my hair once a week with only water (soft water), and with soap nuts once a month. I suggest that you prepare the liquid for only one time use!

      • Dont wash your hair with only water, IF you have very long hair and the water is hard. The chalk and minerals will attached to your natural oil on your scale and your hair, and leave a big mess. It was my experience!
        You need soapnut shampoo or you may need to buy organic natural shampoo from a health food store.

  3. Is the portion you made in this post for one time use or more? If it last only 2-3 days should I make less?
    do I need any conditioner like apple cider vinegar rinse? Thank you.

  4. Hi, since it takes quite a long time to make, I was wondering if you know wether or not I can freeze these in batches, And how do I know if the final product is already spoiled? Would it look or smell bad? Ive tried another diy natural hair washes like acv wash, coconut milk shampoo and no poos just to name a few, but didnt really work well for me! so i cant wait to try this one…Thanks for posting! And cheers 😀

  5. I love and prefer natural home remedies, but when your a mom of 4 it kinda gets difficult to get time to create your own shampoos and body washes, but I began to buy products from treetotub.com they sell soap nuts products. Plus it’s perfect for me because it’s great for curly hair, it sinks in and cleans and moisturizes all of my layers.

  6. My experience has been that my shampoo/body wash lasts 2 months or more by using a different method to make the concentrate.
    The main differences are:
    1. Soak the soap nut shells in distilled or reverse osmosis water overnight in a covered container. Do not boil.
    2. Add fresh lime, (skin and all) to the soaked concentrate. I use half a lime per 15 soapnuts and 500ml of water.
    3. Add 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil to the mix
    4. 10 drops of lavender essential oil (.5ml)
    5. Mix in a blender -pulse at first, then on low until the bubbles reach the top of the blender.
    6. Wait an hour or 3 until the bubbles have gone back down then blend again.
    7. Strain the mix through clean cotton and squeeze the cloth with clean hands.
    8. Store your concentrate in clean, recycled glass bottles with a pumps and enjoy!

    Friends have also been able to achieve the same results using this method.
    – I adapted this method from posts found on the ‘long hair forums’

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